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XII. (v. app. crit. to X. 33–6). 1 flash 1820 (Misc. Poems): train 1820 (Duddon vol.)
p. 205. XII. Hast thou seen, with flash incessant: "Where the second quarry now is, as you pass from Rydal to Grasmere, there was formerly a length of smooth rock that sloped towards the road, on the right hand. I used to call it Tadpole Slope, from having frequently observed there the water-bubbles gliding under the ice, exactly in the shape of that creature."—I. F.